Sunday, April 28, 2013

Zoe de Chanel

This is the newest edition to our family Zoe de Chanel.

Last week hubby went to Albuquerque for work and all week Coco was depressed.  We had indended on getting him a buddy when we moved because he was used to being with another dog.  So I jumped on craigslist to see if there was anything reasonable out there.

For those of you who dont know, Coco's original name was Max.  Not a favorite of mine.  I really wanted to call him something like Lennon, after the color and the beatle, but he wouldnt respond.  Finally I said its to bad your a boy because you look like a Coco and wouldn't you know he came to me.  To make it a little more masculane his official name is Glen Coco.  You go Glen Coco.
If you dont know what this means, you should probably watch the movie Mean Girls.
We had every intention on nameing our new dog Gretchen Wieners, another character name from that movie, but this little sweetie would not respond.

She came with the name Khloe.  This is way to much Kardashian for me.  I thought about calling her Maddie, because she was super matted.  Tried several names ending with the E sound.  Had a three people suggest Chanel to go along with Coco.  She didn't take to any of it.

 So at Petco we went ahead and made her a name tag Chloe....and as its getting engraved I see a demo tag with the name Zoe.  Why didn't I think of that?  I looked at her and asked is your new name Zoe?  Her little ears perked up.  Hubby said Are you kidding me?  It happened again? 
It's to late on the name tag, I'll have to get her another one eventually.  Coco needs a new one to, with our new address.  I love play on words so she gets both Zoe and Chanel as a name, just like the new girl actress.
So there you have it folks, I got my new baby girl.

Thing one and Thing two need toys of pink and toys of blue.

I love how she sleeps with one ear up.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Meatball Soup

It's been a while since I've posted and this little ditty is past due.  I started this one way back in March but didnt want to over load on recipes. 

Let me preface that I've never made a meatball.  Truthfully I hardly ever eat them, unless they come in the form of my mom's albondigas (mexican meatball soup).  So this was a huge step for me to make and eat meatballs.

First off I found this recipe for "italian wedding soup" on (you have to click on the picture to get to the blog it originated from)  I got all my ingredients between Sprouts and Trader Joes.
  • Ground beef pork (1 pound)
  • Basil, dried (1 teaspoon)
  • Onion powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Garlic powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Carrots (2)
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Garlic (1 clove)
  • Chicken broth (6 cups)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cauliflower (1 cup)
  • Frozen chopped spinach (2 cups)
This Mirepoix mix from Trader Joes was a great little time saver for my soup base.  In the pot it went with garlic, spinach, chicken broth and tomato sauce.
My first soup faux pas was that I grabbed my ground pork instead of ground beef out of the freezer.  Oops.
This recipe also called for "ricing" cauliflower.  Let me just tell you, with out a food processor this makes a huge mess.  So I opted out of that and went for almond meal in lieu of bread crumbs and a good old fashion egg to combine my herbs and meat with.
Under cooking pork really freaks me out, so I made sure they were nice and brown before plopping them into the broth.

With garlic salt and ground pepper to taste, I was pleasently surprised with my paleo creation.  Next time I think I'll through in some stewed tomatos.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Getting Knitty with it...

Na na na na na nana (in my best Will Smith voice)

I started a knitting club and this is why I was rushing to pull my house in some kind of decent order.
Saturday night had some of my girls over , my homies, BFF's, comadres, sisters, get their yarn on.  Everyone got a cute little owl bag to carry their projects, we came out with 6 new knitters and 2 new crocheters.  We had a ton of fun, wine and laughter.

The only down side for me is that I went WAY off the paleo wagon.  So far off that I stayed off all Sunday and Monday, bearly seeing the wagon wheels fade into the sunset haha.  I made enchiladas and beans, there was a abundance of appetizers and dessert!  Shamefully I put away the remaining pieces of tira misu last night.  I was hungry! So now we've rolled around to Tuesday and I'm having all these cravings for things I know I shouldnt be having.  Hubby will be leaving super early tomorrow for Arizona through Friday.  I gotta take those days to reset and get back on track.  Next Friday I'm hosting book club!  So now starts the search for some Paleo friendly munchies. 

Home Sweet Home - Mid way Photos

I say midway because there's always something to improve on a home.  I finally emptied my craft room of boxes, I even brought a rack to hang my embelishments from a closing scrap store.  Slowly getting the pieces were I want them but this is pretty much what my room looks like.  The cabbage patch in the chair is one of the original all cloth pieces from Xaiver Roberts, my grandma had purchased one for each of her grand daughters in the early 80's.  there's also a desk to the left centered under the window but my camera is not that wide angled.
On to the bano (guest bath) Picked up this sweet little shower curtain at target.  Giving it a try, its a little shiny for my liking but the color is dead on!
Our Bedroom

My mom worked really hard to help us pull together our country kitchen look.  Just waiting on a few more personal touches.  Hubbys great grandfather actually peddled milk!  Can't wait to put up some authentic milk bottles and canning jars.
View from the other side.  We'll be hanging some lanterns on the wall soon.

The Den, curtains and art hung!
Love that the ceiling fan has a matching Edison light bulb to the pendants in the kitchen.
There's only one room left to do now, its our front entry/parlor area.